Techno DJ Sama Abdulhadi has been released on bail
After being arrested for playing an event at the historical site Nabi Musa in the West Bank last week, the raising Palestinian techno DJ Sama Abdulhadi got released on bail by Palestinian Authorities following eight-day detention in a Jericho jail.
Abdulhadi was released on bail by PA court order on a cash bond of 500 Jordanian Dinar bail. However, she is currently facing a travel-ban and can not cross Palestinian borders. She is still subject to further investigation on the charges of desecrating a holy site and religious symbols and violating Covid 19 emergency measures. She could face up to two years imprisonment if she is indicted.
The music artist, famous in the Palestinian scene, is considered to be the first Palestinian woman to have become a professional disc jockey. Israeli daily Haaretz has labeled her as the “Palestinian Techno Queen”.
She was arrested on Sunday, December the 27th, after performing a pre-recorded performance for Beatport’s The Residency series, at Nabi Musa. People believe that this is where the prophet Moses is buried, so the event was considered highly disrespectful.
Roughly 30 young Palestinians attended the private party on Saturday night, but many people attacked the DJ and the event itself for “desecration of the site.” Although the event angered a large group of people, the party event did not occur within the site’s holy shrine. Instead, it was organized in a separate area, which was opened as a cultural center back in 2019 and was also previously used for weddings, birthdays, music, and cultural events.
Abdulhadi was not alone, as rights groups kept demanded that Palestinian authorities free her, and 101,752 supporters signed an online petition after she was initially denied bail, according to her parents.
According to her father, Saad Abdulhadi, Sama was released on January the 3rd, after payment of a $3,500 guarantee to attend a future court hearing, whose date has yet to be fixed. He also told the authorities and the media that his daughter had official permission to stage the event at Nebi Mussa, which is also a tourist site.
“I am safe and well, and would like to thank everybody who has spoken out in support of my situation and called for my immediate release,” Abdulhadi said in a statement. “I am overwhelmed by the support from my fellow musicians, artists, activists, and the entire music community. I want to thank anybody and everybody who has made me feel so supported. At this moment, I just want to spend time with my family.”